Man in Philadelphia, Friday ‘killed his estranged girlfriend by stabbing her in ambush attack before running her over with his car’ as horrified co-workers unsuccessfully try to intervene
Suspect Lawrence Crawley set himself on fire after being pulled over by a Pennsylvania State Trooper several hours later – but cops were able to save and transport him to hospital
DA Kevin Steele choked up as he described Crawley driving over the victim ‘again and again and again’
Steele said several co-workers witnessed the attack on Angela Stith, 33, and tried to help her but were ultimately unsuccessful
A medical examiner said mother-of-three Stith died Friday from a combination of sharp force trauma and blunt trauma
Suspect and victim reportedly have a relationship history – Crawley plead guilty to simple assault after a May incident in which he choked Stith
The killer is hospitalized in critical but stable condition and DA Steele plans to to charge him with first-degree murder and deny bail
Several co-workers witnessed the attack on 33-year-old Angela Stith [photo] on Friday in the parking lot of the Vector Security company in Philadelphia, Pa
A man stabbed and then repeatedly drove over his ex, crushing her in a fatal attack as her suburban Philadelphia co-workers tried to help her early Friday morning, authorities said.
Lawrence Crawley [left], stabbed and then repeatedly drove over his estranged girlfriend, Angela Stith, 33, a mother-of-three, crushing her in a fatal attack as her suburban Philadelphia co-workers tried to help her early Friday morning, authorities said.
The attack was captured on surveillance cameras.
District Attorney Kevin Steele choked up as he described the scene of Crawley, 33, driving over Stith ‘again and again and again’ in a security firm parking lot.
The suspect fled the scene only to set himself on fire after being pulled over by a Pennsylvania State Trooper several hours later on the other side of the state. Crawley, 33, was hospitalized in critical condition.
Steele said several co-workers witnessed the attack on Angela Stith and tried to help her.
‘This was a terrible death. And I know and I feel for the victim and what she went through, her family and what they went through, the people who witnessed this and the people who are going to witness this moving forward,’ Steele said.
Authorities said Stith, who worked at Vector Security, was seen on camera leaving her office about 2:15am and heading to her car while texting someone.
Steele said she had talked to and had texted the suspect recently.
Stith got into her car, and the suspect is seen in the footage smashing her driver’s side window in an effort to attack her.
Authorities said the attack began when the suspect smashed the driver’s side window of Stith’s car and began stabbing her outside the Vector Security parking lot.
She fled out of the passenger side of her car and ran a short distance before the suspect caught her, beat her and stabbed her repeatedly.
Co-workers came out to try to help Stith, calling 911. Steele said she can be heard answering their questions
Meanwhile, Steele said Crawley got into his Chevy Suburban and drove over Stith, circling the parking lot and driving over her two more times as her co-workers watched, helpless to stop him.
Steele said Crawley turned the three-ton vehicle ‘into a weapon’ before fleeing.
The arrest affidavit said there was a relationship history between Stith and Crawley. The affidavit said Crawley pleaded guilty to simple assault after a May incident in which he choked Stith.
A medical examiner said Stith died Friday from a combination of sharp force trauma and blunt trauma.
Officials said Crawley stabbed her so hard that a knife blade was still wedged into her back when the autopsy was performed.
As he fled, Crawley called his mother and another woman to tell them he had killed Stith and that he was sorry.
Angela Stith apparently was unable to shake off the stalker who ran her over
Steele said when the trooper was able to finally pull Crawley over, he lighted himself on fire inside of the cab of his car.
The trooper was able to save him and he was taken to the hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition as of Friday afternoon.
Steele said he planned to charge Crawley with first-degree murder and other charges and would ask to deny bail.
Whitemarsh Police Chief Christopher Ward said his staff pleaded with him not to watch the video because they knew he would have to speak to reporters Friday.
He said there hasn’t been a murder in the township of about 17,000 people in 17 years.